Sen. Klobuchar and Sen. Smith Help Secure Major Grant for Rochester Bus Infrastructure Improvements

WASHINGTON, D.C. [03/10/22]—U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Tina Smith (D-Minn.) helped secure $4,339,344 in funding to improve Rochester bus stops by adding shelters and benches, and to build a new park and ride featuring a new bus passenger platform. The upgrades will enhance safety for riders, better accommodate transfers between buses and attract new riders. 

“Investing in public transit infrastructure reduces traffic and makes it easier for Minnesotans to get to school, work, and other destinations,” said Sen. Klobuchar. “This critical funding will expand public transit service and boost efficiency in one of Minnesota’s fastest growing cities. I’ll keep pushing for the resources to ensure Minnesotans can access safe and reliable public transportation.”

“Creating greater access to public transportation keeps our communities connected to jobs, schools, doctors and more,” said Sen. Smith “Rochester continues to grow and this grant is an opportunity to make an important investment in their local transit system.”

The new 75th Street Park and Ride project has been stalled due to a lack of funding. With this grant, the new location will add 400-500 parking spaces for the community to use. The grant funds will be released on Monday, March 14.